Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.
Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio performed throughout the region to great acclaim, including a live broadcast for Dutch Radio 4. 2016-17 season highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio; an evening of solo concerti by Schumann, Bernstein, and Shostakovich with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner; a recording project with indie rock artist John Vanderslice and composer Max Stoffregen; the West Coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony; and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Following a triumphant orchestral debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra led by the late George Cleve, the Delphi Trio has concertized in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, including performances at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, WFMT Studios Chicago, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is therefore dedicated to the music of our time. Delphi has given acclaimed world premieres of Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (2013) and Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha (2012) and Shab o Meh (2014), and will premiere William Bolcom’s Piano Trio during the 2016-17 season.
The Delphi Trio believes chamber music is an ideal model for education. As chamber music faculty at the Crowden School in Berkeley, CA, the Trio regularly coaches and mentors musicians of all ages. Delphi is committed to supporting young artists as they begin their careers and has established their Emerging Artist Program to guide collegiate students through their first independent public concertizing experience. The Trio also curates the Practice Project, a social media group dedicated to fostering community, openness, and vulnerability among both professional and amateur artists.
In addition to their work as a trio, Jeffrey, Liana, and Michelle perform in solo recital, larger chamber music, and as soloists with orchestra and believe in the symbiotic relationship between solo and collaborative work. They have individually performed with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Anthony Marwood, Menahem Pressler, Geoff Nuttall, Paul Katz, and the Alexander and Afiara Quartets.
Liana Bérubé, Michelle Kwon, and Jeffrey LaDeur are graduates of the University of Toronto, Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music respectively, and formed the Trio while studying in the prestigious Chamber Music Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They count among their mentors Henk Guittart, Bonnie Hampton, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Stephen Prutsman, and have worked with Peter Wiley, Pedja Muzijevich, James Tocco, Anton Nel, and Pamela Frank.
As an ensemble, the Trio has always made food and friendship a priority and believe that these elements are at the heart of great chamber music. The ensemble is built on trust and communication; to that end, each Delphi rehearsal starts in the same way – a meal, conversation, and music.
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Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502
Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op. 66
I – Allegro energico e con fuoco
II – Andante espressivo
III – Scherzo – Molto allegro quasi presto
IV – Finale – Allegro appassionato
Saint-Saëns, Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 92
III. Andante con moto
IV. Grazioso, poco allegro
Chopin, Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 8
III. Adagio sostenuto
Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio in A Minor
Sahba Aminikia, Deltangi-ha
William Bolcom Trio (2014) Written for and dedicated to the Delphi trio
III. Strongly driven
2017/18 Program Offerings
- 18/19 PREVIEW
With works by Takemitsu, Schumann, Beethoven, Price, Shostakovich, Brahms, Fauré, Roussel, Ravel, Chan Ka Nin, Schubert
- A First for Everything
Beethoven, William Bolcom, Toru Takemitsu, Mendelssohn
- Death and Transfiguration
Cowell, Schumann, Beethoven
- Carte Blanche
Martinů, Dvořák, Vivaldi, Kapustin
- Les Français
Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Ravel
Current & Recent Programs
- Concerto Residency
The Delphi Trio is pleased to offer this unique series of programs with orchestra, exploring the individuality and unity of the piano trio. Designed as either a three- or four-concert residency over the course of a season or festival, the members of th...
- Master Classes and Chamber Music Coachings
Liana, Michelle, and Jeffrey believe strongly in the value and importance of sharing their knowledge, experience, and love for music with others through teaching. The Delphi Trio emphasizes the essential communicative aspect of chamber music and an app...
- "Role Playing" Lecture/Demonstration
In this engaging program, Liana, Michelle, and Jeffrey share their thoughts on the dynamic music written for piano trio and the performers' approach to interpretation. The vast and rich literature for the piano trio requires the players to be able to s...
- Post-Concert Chat
The Delphi Trio offers an informal Q&A to audience members, students, faculty, and presenters interested in getting to know the ensemble and its mission. Possible topics include programming, rehearsal technique, and the importance of trust among pe...